The musical Hamilton, which opened on Broadway in August 2015 after a successful run at the Public Theater, has, in just a few years, become an awards powerhouse, a political lightning rod, and a cultural touchstone. Lin-Manual Miranda’s epic work, based on Ron Chernow’s sweeping biography of Alexander Hamilton, stands at the intersection where history and historical accuracy converge, where rap and showtunes merge, and where pop culture and high (or middlebrow) culture meet. Hamilton is simultaneously a groundbreaking musical theater experiment and an heir to the musical’s historical legacy, and it is in this divided, even contradictory role, that the musical finds its success.
Musicologist Paul Laird (University of Kansas, email@example.com
In particular, the editors welcome chapters that engage with the following:
*Hamilton as history/Hamilton’s relationship to history and historical fact
*Hamilton’s musical relationship to rap music and rap history
*Hamilton’s groundbreaking, but sometimes troubling employment of race and gender
*Hamilton’s innovative social media and marketing strategies
*Hamilton’s political rhetoric, particularly in relationship to the 2016 US Presidential election
*Hamilton’s theatrical, musical and/or choreographic innovations
*Alexander Hamilton’s economic policies as reflected on stage
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